STEM Outreach at United Tribes Technical College

  • How can indigenous science and western science help us have more sustainable relations with Mother Earth?

  • How can technology and computer science help Indigenous people maintain sovereignty?

  • How can we use the knowledge of our ancestors to build more sustainable structures?

Questions like these drive our STEM learning and outreach.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and STEAM incorporates the arts. Both can be an interdisciplinary, creative process for problem-based learning. While similar, STEM focuses solely on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics concepts, degrees, or careers. UTTC offers a variety of two year and four year STEM degrees that can lead to diverse career pathways. We believe art to be an essential component to learning, communicating, or expressing STEM concepts and often use the phrase STEAM in programming design and descriptions.

Our outreach connects UTTC scientists, engineers, and STEM students with community members on campus, in Bismarck-Mandan, and in tribal communities throughout North Dakota and the Northern Plains to collaboratively build capacity in enhancing food, energy, and water sustainability.

Puruse the site to learn more about specific programs and projects and reach out to us with feedback, ideas, or questions. Email: abahnson@uttc.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.


Participants engage in making sense of phenomena via hands on STEM activities to support in school science learning of content knowledge and characteristics of science.

Student Led

United Tribes Technical College students share their knowledge and experience to inform community members and inspire the next generation of Native scientists and engineers.


Our learning environments encourage collaboration to inspire, engage, and inform community members about the research and programs at United Tribes Technical College.

Meet the Current STEM Outreach Team

Anna Bahnson

Tribal Science Outreach Coordinator

Scott Grandi-Hill

Agro-Ecology Extension Educator

Community Advisory Board

We are grateful and honored to be advised by inspiring and encouraging community leaders.

Kimberlee Blevins, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, UTTC ESR Alumni, Sitting Bull Graduate Student

Jeremy McLeod, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, UTTC Engineering Alumni, FAA Engineer

Chadwick Kramer, Standing Rock, Bismarck Public Schools Indigenous Education Coordinator

Lorraine Davis, Sisseton Oyate, Native American Development Center Executive Director

Toni Slockish, UTTC Thunder Society Student Representative

K'lona Lofton, Cheyenne River Sioux, UTTC ESR Akumni and Staff Representative

Kathy Froelich, Sahnish, TSIP External Evaluator, Central Regional Education Association Cultural Coordinator

Former STEM Outreach Leaders

Find activities they have developed on our STEM at Home Tab

Marlin Chase

Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara

Pre-Engineering Alumni


Straw Architecture

K'Lona Lofton

Cheyenne River Sioux

Environmental Science and Research Alumni

Black Gold

Taylor Brugh

Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara

Pre-Engineering Alumni

Innovative Structures

Straw Architecture

Kaitlyn Enno

Turtle Mountain

Elementary Education

Science in the Summer

Jana Blue Arm

Cheyenne River Sioux

Elementary Education Alumni

Penology Friday

Batwomen and the Dark Night